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* ''WesternAnimation/BubbleGuppies'': In "The Puppy and the Ring", Molly and Gil, who are making lemon slushies, get chased by an army of soldiers sent by the episode's BigBad. They climb up a tree, and Gil throws a lemon on the ground to distract the soldiers.
-->'''Commander''': What was that?\\
'''Soldier''': It sounded like a lemon, sir!
24th Mar '17 6:56:53 PM chitoryu12
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* A common ploy for soldiers using the M1 Garand was to keep one of the empty en bloc clips on them at all times. The Garand's self-loading mechanism would fire out the clip when the last round was used, which would make a very distinctive metallic "ping" noise if it struck a hard surface. The trick was to fire off a round and throw the clip away so it makes a nice rattle. The enemy then sticks his head out from behind cover cause he assumes you're out. Dead wrong.

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* A common ploy urban legend for soldiers using the M1 Garand (the standard US service rifle in WW2 and the Korean War) was to keep one of the empty en bloc clips on them at all times. The Garand's self-loading mechanism would fire out the clip when the last round was used, which would make a very distinctive metallic "ping" noise if it struck a hard surface. The noise. Supposedly, soldiers would throw empty clips to trick was to fire off a round and throw the clip away so it makes a nice rattle. The enemy then sticks his head into thinking that their gun had run empty and encourage them to pop up out from behind cover cause he assumes you're out. Dead wrong.of cover. In reality, there's [[SubvertedTrope no evidence that this took place]] and it's unlikely that the ping could have been heard over the gunfire anyway (to say nothing of the risk of popping up because you heard one rifle go empty and facing an entire squad).



* Todd Helton, hilariously enough, faked out Matt Carpener in this manner to tag the guy out. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5wGxsxjmy0 See for yourself.]]

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* Todd Helton, hilariously enough, faked out Matt Carpener Carpenter in this manner to tag the guy out. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5wGxsxjmy0 See for yourself.]]
11th Mar '17 3:04:29 PM nombretomado
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* Something similar happens in the comedy ''Film/{{Water 1985}}''. MichaelCaine's character sees a mercenary attaching limpet mines to the oil well, so he throws a bolt, then sneaks up behind the mercenary while he's pointing a gun in that direction and hooks a crane hook into his belt, lifting him into the air.

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* Something similar happens in the comedy ''Film/{{Water 1985}}''. MichaelCaine's Creator/MichaelCaine's character sees a mercenary attaching limpet mines to the oil well, so he throws a bolt, then sneaks up behind the mercenary while he's pointing a gun in that direction and hooks a crane hook into his belt, lifting him into the air.
3rd Feb '17 8:57:13 PM MasamiPhoenix
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* This is an option in the Tenchu games. Throwing bombs, or shuriken, or rice balls can distract guards letting you sneak past them, or [[StealthKill kill them]].

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* This is an option in the Tenchu games. Throwing bombs, or shuriken, or rice balls can distract guards letting you sneak past them, or [[StealthKill [[BackStab kill them]].
3rd Feb '17 8:56:23 PM MasamiPhoenix
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* This is an option in the Tenchu games. Throwing bombs, or shuriken, or rice balls can distract guards letting you sneak past them, or [[StealthKill kill them]].
3rd Feb '17 8:36:17 PM MasamiPhoenix
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* ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'' has the heroes distract a patrolling Beholder -- a creature covered in eyes -- with a thrown rock. Note, this might actually be plausable since the majority of beholders are insane.

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* ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'' has the heroes distract a patrolling Beholder -- a creature covered in eyes -- with a thrown rock. Note, this might actually be plausable since the majority of beholders are insane.
15th Jan '17 3:56:33 AM TheBushranger
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** In keeping with its theme, ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon'' replaces the stones with throwable ''dice''.
14th Sep '16 3:17:48 PM StFan
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-->'''Trixie:''' Always makes the audience look somewhere else! That's the power of misdirection!
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[[folder: FanWorks]]
* Naruto arranges a very elaborate one in FanFic/AGrowingAffection, tying his jacket to a kunai and throwing it through tall grass, so the person in question will not only hear the sound, but will see a flash of orange, too.
* ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'': Diamond Tiara attempts to throw a rock to distract guards, but Discord warns her they will head to the opposite direction of the sound and find her. Instead, she drops the rock where she is standing. The guards assume the rock was thrown from somewhere else and walk away, allowing her to sneak in.

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* Naruto arranges ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'': In issues #22, Trixie uses a very elaborate one in FanFic/AGrowingAffection, tying his jacket timed smoke bomb to a kunai and throwing it through tall grass, so lure away the person in question will not only hear two police ponies that are guarding the sound, but will see a flash of orange, too.
* ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'': Diamond Tiara attempts to throw a rock to distract guards, but Discord warns her they will head to the opposite direction of the sound and find her. Instead, she drops the rock where she is standing. The guards assume the rock was thrown from somewhere else and walk away, allowing her to sneak in.
museum.




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* In ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', Penny (the character on [[ShowWithinAShow the show]]) likes to roll an actual penny into the field of vision of whomever she's trying to sidestep. Eventually, Bolt (in reality) would try the same trick - yes, it really does work.

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* Naruto arranges a very elaborate one in ''FanFic/AGrowingAffection'', tying his jacket to a kunai and throwing it through tall grass, so the person in question will not only hear the sound, but will see a flash of orange, too.
* ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'': Diamond Tiara attempts to throw a rock to distract guards, but Discord warns her they will head to the opposite direction of the sound and find her. Instead, she drops the rock where she is standing. The guards assume the rock was thrown from somewhere else and walk away, allowing her to sneak in.
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* In ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', Penny (the character on [[ShowWithinAShow the show]]) likes to roll an actual penny into the field of vision of whomever she's trying to sidestep. Eventually, Bolt (in reality) would try the same trick - -- yes, it really does work.



--> '''Baljeet''': What was that small noise?
--> '''Phineas''': [[LampshadeHanging Let's all go walk over to it!]]

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--> '''Baljeet''': -->'''Baljeet:''' What was that small noise?
--> '''Phineas''':
noise?\\
'''Phineas:'''
[[LampshadeHanging Let's all go walk over to it!]]



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* ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'': Hawkeye causes an explosion outside of the Avengers compound in order to distract Vision. While the android goes investigating, Clint sneaks inside to join with Wanda and set up a trap for Vision.



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* In ''VideoGame/SpiderAndWeb'', the protagonist throws a lockpick into a dead end to distract some guards. [[spoiler:Except that actually, it didn't happen quite like that.]]
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* In the book and film of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Harry distracts some Ministry workers with a rambunctious Weasley toy in order to sneak into Umbridge's office.
** Justified, both because that's what the toy was built for and because, apparently, the Ministry sees that sort of thing fairly often.

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* In the book and film of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Harry distracts some Ministry workers with a rambunctious Weasley toy in order to sneak into Umbridge's office.
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office. Justified, both because that's what the toy was built for and because, apparently, the Ministry sees that sort of thing fairly often.



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* ''WorldOfWarcraft'': The "Distract" skill Rogues have. It doesn't cause a monster or guard to walk toward the noise, but it ''does'' turn them around, leaving you free to [[{{Backstab}} stab them in the back]].

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* ''WorldOfWarcraft'': ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': The "Distract" skill Rogues have. It doesn't cause a monster or guard to walk toward the noise, but it ''does'' turn them around, leaving you free to [[{{Backstab}} stab them in the back]].



* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' - One of Hawke's options during the stealth section of the ''Mark of the Assassin'' DLC.
--> '''Tallis:''' We'll have to try our best to stay out of sight - or we could try to create distractions. Provided you're good at throwing stones.
--> '''Guard:''' What was that scrabbling noise?

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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' - ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'': One of Hawke's options during the stealth section of the ''Mark of the Assassin'' DLC.
--> '''Tallis:''' -->'''Tallis:''' We'll have to try our best to stay out of sight - -- or we could try to create distractions. Provided you're good at throwing stones. \n--> \\
'''Guard:''' What was that scrabbling noise?



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* [[DoubleSubversion Triply subverted]] humorously in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}:'' the GAP [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/11262006/ try to distract the Brassmoon City gate guards]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/11272006/ by throwing a rock]], but instead of going to investigate the noise, one of them shouts "Someone's throwing rocks at us from the woods!" However, the guards still go to investigate the place whence the rock was thrown, and [[IdiotBall start arguing]] there. Being distracted, they let a couple goblins enter the city (a double subversion). But then, the distraction doesn't last long enough, and the last two members for the GAP are spotted while trying to get in (a triple subversion !).
* A recurring gag in ''DragonTails:'' involves Lemuel throwing rocks in the bushes to distract enemies. The targets found the sound to be distracting but never investigated the noise beyond standing and thinking about how annoying it is, opening a window of opportunity for the other dragons.
* ''{{WebComic/Stardroids}}'': Roll does this. What makes it unique, however, is that she does it in plain sight of the foes. Oh, and did we mention -- she's using a pair of her own panties. Slingshot-style.

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* [[DoubleSubversion Triply subverted]] humorously in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}:'' the GAP [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/11262006/ try to distract the Brassmoon City gate guards]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/11272006/ by throwing a rock]], but instead of going to investigate the noise, one of them shouts "Someone's throwing rocks at us from the woods!" However, the guards still go to investigate the place whence the rock was thrown, and [[IdiotBall start arguing]] there. Being distracted, they let a couple goblins enter the city (a double subversion). But then, the distraction doesn't last long enough, and the last two members for the GAP are spotted while trying to get in (a triple subversion !).
subversion!).
* A recurring gag in ''DragonTails:'' ''Webcomic/DragonTails:'' involves Lemuel throwing rocks in the bushes to distract enemies. The targets found the sound to be distracting but never investigated the noise beyond standing and thinking about how annoying it is, opening a window of opportunity for the other dragons.
* ''{{WebComic/Stardroids}}'': ''Webcomic/{{Stardroids}}'': Roll does this. What makes it unique, however, is that she does it in plain sight of the foes. Oh, and did we mention -- she's using a pair of her own panties. Slingshot-style.



* Done in ''{{Girly}}'' to [[http://girlyyy.com/go/440 sneak into a women's dorm]], with some heavy [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]]:
-->'''Lisa:''' I dunno, Beth. The last eight times that happened, it resulted in men sneaking...
-->'''Beth:''' Lisa, that was a ''rock''! A ''rock'', for God's sake! Are you suggesting we let it ''be''!?

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* Done in ''{{Girly}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Girly}}'' to [[http://girlyyy.com/go/440 sneak into a women's dorm]], with some heavy [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]]:
-->'''Lisa:''' I dunno, Beth. The last eight times that happened, it resulted in men sneaking...
-->'''Beth:'''
sneaking...\\
'''Beth:'''
Lisa, that was a ''rock''! A ''rock'', for God's sake! Are you suggesting we let it ''be''!?
''be''!?



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* In ''VideoGame/SpiderAndWeb'', the protagonist throws a lockpick into a dead end to distract some guards. [[spoiler:Except that actually, it didn't happen quite like that.]]



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* In one episode of ''SWATKats'', "The Giant Bacteria," villain Morbulus does a variant of this trope wherein he is dropped in the water and [[GivingThemTheStrip takes off his clothes]], then reassembles them to make it look like he's still in them. While the Enforcers are fishing what they think is his body out of the water, he is able to slip away in his underwear unnoticed.
* Parodied in PhineasAndFerb, when Perry throws a small rock to distract the brothers and their friends:
-->'''Baljeet:''' Hey, what was that small noise?
-->'''Phineas:''' I don't know, let's all go over there and check it out.

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* In one episode of ''SWATKats'', ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'', "The Giant Bacteria," villain Morbulus does a variant of this trope wherein he is dropped in the water and [[GivingThemTheStrip takes off his clothes]], then reassembles them to make it look like he's still in them. While the Enforcers are fishing what they think is his body out of the water, he is able to slip away in his underwear unnoticed.
* Parodied in PhineasAndFerb, when Perry ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E14StrangerThanFanFiction Stranger Than Fan Fiction]]": While he and Rainbow Dash are Caballeron's prisoners, Quibble Pants throws a small rock pin away to distract make a suspicious noise, alerting the brothers goons. Quibble then pretends that it's Daring Do coming to rescue them. It works, and they disperse in search of their friends:
-->'''Baljeet:''' Hey, what was that small noise?
-->'''Phineas:''' I don't know, let's all go over there and check it out.
nemesis. As Quibble points out, they're stupid enough to leave nopony looking after the captives.



[[folder: Real Life ]]
* A common ploy for soldiers using the M1 Garand was to keep one of the empty en bloc clips on them at all times. The Garand's self loading mechanism would fire out the clip when the last round was used, which would make a very distinctive metallic "ping" noise if it struck a hard surface. The trick was to fire off a round and throw the clip away so it makes a nice rattle. The enemy then sticks his head out from behind cover cause he assumes you're out. Dead wrong.
* This is [[GoFetch a good way to distract non-trained dogs]] if they aren't fully on attack mode. A solid object like a small stone will distract them for at least two seconds. Or [[DeliciousDistraction dog biscuits or meat]].
** Can be taken to almost parodying lengths with some dogs, with whom you don't even have to actually ''throw'' the object, or even have any object in your hand at all, and they'll still run off in the direction they thought they saw you throw it.

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* A common ploy for soldiers using the M1 Garand was to keep one of the empty en bloc clips on them at all times. The Garand's self loading self-loading mechanism would fire out the clip when the last round was used, which would make a very distinctive metallic "ping" noise if it struck a hard surface. The trick was to fire off a round and throw the clip away so it makes a nice rattle. The enemy then sticks his head out from behind cover cause he assumes you're out. Dead wrong.
* This is [[GoFetch a good way to distract non-trained dogs]] if they aren't fully on attack mode. A solid object like a small stone will distract them for at least two seconds. Or [[DeliciousDistraction dog biscuits or meat]].
**
meat]]. Can be taken to almost parodying lengths with some dogs, with whom you don't even have to actually ''throw'' the object, or even have any object in your hand at all, and they'll still run off in the direction they thought they saw you throw it.
3rd Sep '16 9:40:41 PM Codefreak5
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* Princess Peach demonstrates the technique perfectly in [[http://www.brawlinthefamily.com/?p=1454 this]] ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' strip.

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* Princess Peach demonstrates the technique perfectly in [[http://www.brawlinthefamily.com/?p=1454 [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/comic/260-thecaptiveprincess/ this]] ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' strip.
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